Welcome to Geography

'Geography is the subject that holds the key to our future'
(Michael Palin)

 

 

The study of Geography is perhaps more relevant than ever. Geographical issues such as globalisation, climate change, fair trade, migration, local development, changes in towns and the countryside, natural disasters and the environment affect our everyday lives. The Geography curriculum aims to raise awareness and understanding of these challenging issues that face young people today. Geography further develops a broad range of skills in real world contexts, so that students see wider relevance in their education and can make well informed decisions in the future. A key role of Geography in school today is preparing young people to be global citizens.

At The Long Eaton School Geography is taught using a variety of teaching and learning strategies that aim to stimulate interest in our world including enquiry, decision making and field work beyond the class room.

 

Subject Staff: 

  
Miss A Heath (Lead Teacher)
Mr P Rushton
Miss E Yaxley
Miss E Mihaylova
   
 

Key Stage 3:

 
In Years 7 and 8 students will look at a range of geographical themes through the Humanities programme such as Rainforests, Natural Hazards, The Arctic, Wild Water (rivers and flooding) and geographical skills.
There are two fieldtrips in KS3; one to Rufford Abbey in Year 7 and the second to Castleton in Year 8. Students also complete fieldwork in the local area during lesson time.
      
 

Key Stage 4:

 
In Year 11 GCSE Geography students follow the OCR Geography 'B' exam specification over 4 lessons per fortnight. This is an up to date course that builds on the foundations laid in Key Stage 3. The course content includes Rivers, Flooding and Coasts, Population and Settlement, Natural Hazards, Economic Development and Investigating Geographical Issues. Students complete 1 piece of fieldwork which is assessed through a controlled assessment. The course is 75% exam (SDME 25% and Key Themes 50%) and 25% controlled assessment.
 

In Year 9 sand 10 tudents are beginning a brand new GCSE Geography course; the Edexcel Geography ‘B’ specification. Students have 4 lessons a fortnight and will study topics including Natural Hazards, Urbanisation, Rivers & Coasts, Globalisation, the UK’s landscape and Environmental Issues (e.g. managing energy resources and forests under threat). Students will complete a minimum of two pieces of fieldwork during this course.

There is no controlled assessment in the new GCSE making the course 100% exam. These exams will assess students fieldwork as well as classwork. 

  
 

Key Stage 5:

 
Year 13 A Level students study Edexcel Geography and have 9 lessons per fortnight. This course encourages study of many of the issues facing the world. Year 12 topics include Global Hazards, Climate Change, Globalisation, Population Migration, Crowded Coasts and Rebranding Places. Year 13 topics include Geographical Research, Energy Security, Water Conflicts, Biodiversity, Superpowers and Development. Residential field visits are a highlight of the course and have recently included adventures to Northern Ireland, Barcelona and North Yorkshire.
Year 12 are beginning the new Edexcel Geography specifications. Students will study for both an AS and A level in Geography. In Year 12 students will study topics including Tectonic Hazards, Globalisation and Glaciation. In Year 13 students will conduct a piece of independent coursework as well as studying topics such as the Water Cycle and Water Insecurity, Superpowers, Energy Insecurity and Global Development.
The Year 12 course includes a residential visit - this year to North Wales.
  
 

Facilities:

 
There are 2 dedicated Geography rooms fitted with projectors and one with a bank of laptops.
  
 

Enrichment:

 
The Geography Department aims to enrich student experiences through local visits and use of internet resources. Extra support is available at lunchtimes and after school for homework catch-up. Geography Clinic runs for KS4 students on a Wednesday after school from 3-4pm. 
 
 
 
A level students can access the 'TLES A Level Geography Blog' to support their studies and examination preparation.
 
 
 
The department also have a twitter page(@TLESGeography) that students can follow to be updated on geography in the news and events in the department.